Further Education

Choosing your course

Most young people over the age of 16 choose to continue their education on a full-time basis. However, there will always be some who would prefer part-time study, or who need a period of time outside education.

If you would prefer a part-time course please contact the College to receive information and help.

Full-time Courses

If you would like to join the College as a full-time student you need to decide which course you would like to follow. You should consider whether a general education course or a vocational course would be best for you.

Also consider what level of course would be appropriate and what style of learning is right for you. Your aim when you come to the College will be to succeed and the first step is to choose the right course.


A vocational course will give you the opportunity to apply your learning to studies within an occupational area. Level 2 Diplomas provide preparation for employment and/or progression to more advanced programmes. Extended Diplomas provide a proven route into related and distant related courses at university or college as well as into employment. A vocational course places more emphasis on the successful completion of a programme of assignments. You will need to work hard and be prepared to accept more responsibility for the way in which your work is organised. Methods of assessment vary between the different programmes but will generally include assessment of coursework and practical skills.

At Extended Diploma level students have the opportunity to achieve high UCAS point scores for entry into Higher Education. Vocational courses are available at levels 1, 2 & 3 and are designed for learning specific skills through study, practical work and experience.

AS/A2 Level and International Baccalaureate

Continuing with general education (e.g. GCE A Levels or International Baccalaureate) means you keep your options open for your future. You are able to continue studying subjects which you have enjoyed, as well as tackling new areas, and you are gaining qualifications which will help you obtain employment or move on to Higher Education. Most students who are successful at A Level and IB will proceed to higher level studies at university or college.

Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies courses provide options for students with special learning needs.

Individual interests and strengths are considered for each student.


To help you choose the right course you should consult your teachers, careers adviser, parents, friends and staff of the College. Remember, this decision will affect you more than anyone else and only you can make sure that your course is successful. It is most important that when you begin at the College in September, you are following the course which you have agreed is right for you.